No, Not a Cleanse! Never Again!

My mom had to go on a cleanse, thanks to some recommendations to help her with her menopause.  My sister and I, being the nice people that we are, decided to do the cleanse with her. My hopes for this cleanse is that it will help clear my face and help with my energy levels.  I feel like I’m constantly breaking out these days and I’m always tired once I hit the afternoon.  Plus, maybe I’ll save my kidneys since I’m giving up caffeine for a week.

IMG_1781Day one (Tuesday) – Day one wasn’t that bad for any of us in fact it was probably helpful for me since I was sick. The broth was basically like soup to me and because I couldn’t taste anything the carrot juice tasted fabulous.  The changes seen included going pee a lot and that’s about it.

Day two (Wednesday) – Day two was a different story. We all struggled much more on day two. We had insane conversations about missing cheese  and  butter so much butter. We talked about these things like we hadn’t had them in months but it really it was just 2 days ago.  We’re pathetic!  I’m so pathetic in fact, that when I went to the grocery store I purchased some gelato for when we can celebrate being done with this cleanse… which is still five more days away. Yikes!  The changes for this day included going pee a lot and my face is clearing up a little bit. Thank goodness for that because it’s been really bad lately.  I also had caffeine withdrawal headaches throughout the day, but they weren’t that bad.

Day three (Thursday) – Is this cleanse over yet?  For real, I feel like I haven’t had food in weeks.  Crap, we still have 4 more days left (no pun intended.)  I’m dreaming about desserts.  The changes for this day include: I am starting to feel better, my nose isn’t as stuffed up, my eyes don’t seem to be watering as much and my sore throat is pretty much gone. Also, my energy levels have gone up a little bit but that could also just be because I’m feeling better. I didn’t have any noticeable changes in my complexion today though unfortunately.  Can’t it be day seven already?

Day four (Friday) – I dreamed of chocolate cake last night.  “I don’t even like chocolate cake that much” I say as I groan in misery.  This cleanse will be the death of me. My complexion appears to be getting worse.  I got lots of whiteheads on my face and there was actually one of my arm too…ew.  There hasn’t been many other noticeable changes.  I’m still sick, but gradually getting better.

Day Five (Saturday) – My roommate offered me a cookie and I felt like crying.  Hopefully, there will still be a cookie left once this cleanse is over and I can enjoy it thoroughly.  I didn’t see much in the way of changes this day, but I am thankful that it’s almost over.  Only two more days!

Day Six (Sunday) – I’ve discovered throughout this cleanse that breakfast and supper are my favorite meals of the day.  I think this is because there’s one kind of splurge at each breakfast and supper, but none for lunch.  For breakfast the splurge is the hard boiled eggs and supper is a piece of toast.  As far as changes go, my complexion appears to be getting better again and that’s about it.  Unfortunately, I don’t have loads of energy yet like the cleanse proposed would happen.

Day Seven (Monday) – Halleluja, we’re on the home stretch!  The changes I’ve seen throughout this cleanse include that my face has cleared a little, I feel like I’ve possibly toned up with out doing more workouts then normal, and that’s about it.  I’m contemplating gelato for breakfast tomorrow.  It sounds like a good idea to me.

Home-made High Tea Party Invitations

Watercolor teacupDid you know that as long as you use cardstock and create a postcard with the proper layout you can create your own postcards?  I didn’t, until I did some research and created some invitations for a party.  The layout I wanted was not perfect, but with some more work the right layout could be achieved.   Hopefully, some day I can sell these.  Honest questions, do you think anyone would want to buy something like this? …Permitting I get the layout and quality perfected.watercolor tea potIMG_20170325_172401

Pooh Panels for a Baby’s Room

One of my friends was having a baby and my friend, Courtney, and I decided to collaborate and make some baby room decor out of panels.  I say was having a baby, because she has just gave birth to beautiful baby boy named Oliver.  🙂  I kept forgetting to post this sooner.  Whoops!  Anyways, our friend Danae loves Pooh so we decided to create something that could last forever and that we knew she and the baby (and future babies) could enjoy for many years and this is what we came up with.PoohPoohPoohPooh

The Tower of York Project

The city of York has created the Tower of York project, or TOY for short.  What this means is several artists in York County have been selected to paint a water tower.  Those artists are then allowed to paint whatever they want, as long as it is not political or business related.  Lucky for me, I was one of the artists selected and this was what I created from beginning to end.  Eventually, these towers will be spread around throughout the town of York.  If you’ve heard of the bike or heart project in Lincoln, this project is similar to that, but on a smaller scale.  I mostly hope my piece doesn’t pale in comparison to others TOY projects.  There are some talented people that live around the area!

2016 A Year In Review

Click here to see my previous post “2016 Resolutions”.IMG_2005

  1. Looking back at my 2016 resolutions, I feel like I accomplished most of what I set out to do.  I made my international vacation.  With two of my cousins, we jet set off to Ireland.  Then I continued on the vacation with one of my cousins to Scotland.  Vacation accomplished!
  2. My second resolution was to play a tennis tournament.  I’m sad to say, I did not accomplish this.  However, I was in four, yes, you heard me right four tennis leagues.  Maybe I should have made it my real goal to play more tennis.  I most definitely accomplished that.  I even started up the women’s tennis league in York, NE again.  I’m putting a check mark of “accomplished” by this one.
  3. A garden did happen, albeit a small one, but a garden nonetheless.  Check.
  4. Anther one of my goals – one of my harder goals – was to write a blog post every week.  Now, I didn’t quite accomplish this goal, but I came pretty close.  I did my best to make up the weeks I couldn’t make and I published 3 blogs in one week.  I still managed to get a blog a week on average, I’m still happy with this and am going to say goal accomplished…with some improvising!  This year became more stressful for me than I originally though it would be.  My parents sold their business that they’ve owned for about the last twenty years and I’ve worked at for the last five.  With that, I not only attained new bosses, but I also had to move out of my apartment that I had been living at for the last five years.  Which, in turn, caused me to started looking at houses and then  I became a first time home owner!
  5. Staying healthy.  I think I did pretty well for myself.  I exercised most days and ate healthy…most of the time.  And I didn’t get ill, well, besides a couple minor soar throats and finding out that I’m allergic to the cold.  Not joking, being allergic to the cold is a real thing.  Now, anytime it starts to cool down, I break out in hives on my face.  Little red dots that make me look like I’m breaking out, but are itchy.  Not fun!
  6. 20160424_163640I did not end up create a painting for the kitchen, but I did do a project and I’m very happy with the end result.  Plus, it’s much more useful in the kitchen than a painting.  See my DIY Mug Holder post to see what I made for the blank space in the kitchen.
  7. Writing more comments on other blogs was a really good intention for me and it started out well, but I was simply way too busy this year to follow up on this one.  I’m sorry fellow bloggers!  I started 2016 out with the best intentions, I promise!

I think, looking into the new year, my goal is going to be to take it easier this year.  This isn’t going to be easy because I already am presently in a play and am signed up to direct a play in August – October time.  As long as I don’t sign on for any more plays, I should be good.  Also, my spot on the Board of Directors at the Yorkshire Playhouse is also coming due in May, which should free up some of my time.

I want to know, did you accomplish your 2016 resolutions?

Before and After Pictures ~ Living Room #2

Here’s my third section of the house changes.

Living Room #2 - Old

Above is the before picture and below are the after pictures.  All we really changed in here was the paint color from the yellow beige to “modern gray” and cleaned the carpets.

Living Room #2 - Updated

Living Room #2 - Updated
My sister and her friend Chelsea and my parents dog that I sometimes claim as my own, Addie.

Living Room #2 - UpdatedIt looks quite a bit different than the before picture because of all of our decor.  I’m so lucky to have roommates who have great taste in decorations and let everyone reap the benefits from them.  By summertime I should have some energy saving curtains in this room, but for now it’s curtain free.  Also, eventually, I’d like to have wood floors in here.  Maybe when I can afford them 5-10 years down the road.  And to answer your questions, yes, we were watching Harry Potter.  🙂

Before and After Pictures Living Room #1

One of the great things about this house is that there are two living rooms.  This means more space to put things!!!!  Woooo!!!

Living Room #1 - Old
BEFORE – Living room #1

Above is the picture of the first living room before any changes were made.  All that’s been changed in this room is the wall color from a beige yellow to “modern gray” along with our stuff and the carpets being cleaned.

Eventually, I hope to put a large dining room table in here for a nice crafting workspace, but that won’t be until I can convince my Dad fixes their old dining room table.

Living Room #1 - UpdatedLiving Room #1 - Updated